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American Sign Language-English Interpretation

Associate of Applied Science

PURPOSE: The degree in American Sign Language (ASL)-English Interpretation is designed to prepare individuals for a career in sign language interpretation.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: A majority of full-time ASL-English Interpretation positions in the Commonwealth are found in the K-12 public school setting. The minimum requirement to work as an ASL-English Interpreter in the K-12 setting in Virginia is a VQAS Level III, an EIPA of 3.5 or higher, or National Interpreting Certificate (NIC) certification. Those interpreters who attain NIC certification may also consider freelance and contract interpreting opportunities, including the expanding fields of video relay service (VRS) and video remote interpreting (VRI), which both utilize interactive video technology via the Internet.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES: ASL-English Interpretation is a two-year, full-time course of study that enrolls new students annually to begin coursework during the spring or summer semester with programmatic content provided year-round until completion. Candidates for admission to the program must provide evidence of fluency in both English and ASL. Fluency in English is demonstrated by placement into ENG 111. Fluency in ASL is demonstrated by completion of the American Sign Language Career Studies Certificate. Fluency in ASL may also be demonstrated through a diagnostic interview with the American Sign Language and Interpreter Education (ASL&IE) coordinator.

Successful completion of the 3-step NIC process results in national certification as an ASL-English Interpreter, which may be maintained through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) via continuing education. As of July 1, 2012, individuals are required to have a bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, as determined by the National Council on Interpreting (NCI), in order to sit for the NIC evaluation. For more information, please contact the ASL&IE coordinator regarding alternative pathways to certification (i.e., without a bachelor's degree). For more information on the NIC, please visit www.rid.org.

As part of the ASL-English Interpretation AAS curriculum, the student must receive a passing score on either the VQAS, EIPA, or NIC written assessment portion and “C” or higher in INT 130 prior to initiating INT 280, Interpreter Assessment Preparation. It is typical for students to sit for the VQAS or EIPA performance exam during the fall semester, year 2. Initiation of INT 290, ASL-English Interpretation Internship, during the spring of year 2 is typical. The Virginia Quality Assurance Screening (VQAS) is a state screening, valid for three years by which time the interpreter must be screened again or the credential is no longer valid. For more information on the VQAS, please visit http://www.vddhh.org  or contact the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) at 1-800-552-7917 [V/TTY]. The Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) is administered by Boys’ Town. For more information, please visit www.classroominterpreting.org

FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS:

Books and Supplies         $400 first semester; $200 for all other semesters
Certification/Testing Fees

Contact RID for NIC fees; contact VDDHH for VQAS fees; contact Boys' Town for EIPA fees


COMPUTER COMPETENCY REQUIREMENT:
 Students in this program will meet the college’s computer competency requirement by successfully completing ITE 115. Students can also meet this requirement by passing the college’s computer competency exam administered in the testing centers on each campus, in which they will receive college credit for ITE 115. Students not passing the computer competency exam may retake the exam only once.

COURSE TITLE LEC.
HRS.
LAB.
HRS.
CRS.
CRE.
Summer, Year 1
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
INT 105 Interpreting Foundations I (English) 4 0 4
INT 106 Interpreting Foundations II (ASL) 4 0 4
TOTAL 9 0 9
Fall, Year 1
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 0 3
INT 107 Translation Skills 4 0 4
INT 1331 ASL-to-English Interpretation I 2 2 3
INT 1341 English-to-ASL Interpretation I 2 2 3
TOTAL 11 4 13
Spring, Year 1
INT 1302 Interpreting: An Introduction to the Profession 3 0 3
INT 2331 ASL-to-English Interpretation II 2 2 3
INT 2341 English-to-ASL Interpretation II 2 2 3
ASL 225 Literature of the U.S. Deaf Community 3 0 3
TOTAL 10 4 12
Summer, Year 2
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3 0 3
INT 2802 Interpreter Assessment Preparation 3 0 3
TOTAL 6 0 6
Fall, Year 2
INT 237 Interpreting ASL in Safe Settings 3 0 3
______3 Personal Wellness Elective 1 0 1

ASL___4
or
INT___4

ASL
or
INT Elective
3 0 3
INT 250 Dialogic Interpretation I 3 0 3
______5 Math or Science Elective 3-4 0-2 3-4
TOTAL 13-14 0-2 13-14
Spring, Year 2
INT 2906 ASL-English Interpreter Internship 0 12 3
______3 Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3 0 3

ASL___4
or
INT___4

ASL
or
INT Elective

3 0 3
CST 1007 Principles of  Public Speaking 3 0 3
TOTAL 9 12 12
Total Minimum Credits for AAS Degree in  ASL-English Interpretation     65-66

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1 INT 133-134 and INT 233-234 are course tandems that are designed to be taken concurrently.

2 Successful completion of INT 130 with "C" or higher and successful completion of either the VQAS written test or EIPA written test, typically as part of INT 130 are required prior to enrolling in INT 280, Interpreter Assessment Preparation.

3 A list of approved general education electives (humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics, science, and personal wellness) is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design.

4 Students should consult with the ASL&IE coordinator to select from various ASL (American Sign Language) and INT (Interpreter Education) elective offerings, which vary from semester to semester.

5 A list of approved mathematics and science electives is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design.  In addition to the Reynolds list of approved electives, in order to satisfy this requirement, the ASL&IE coordinator may also approve either: 1) a combination of mathematics and/or science credits transferred from another post-secondary institution and received by Reynolds; or 2) the selection of a different course which is identified in supporting documentation generated by a representative of receiving institution that will satisfy the mathematics or science requirement for a bachelor degree. 

6 In order to be placed in an internship (INT 290, spring year 2), the student must sit for and be awarded an interpreting credential (e.g., VQAS level, EIPA award, or NIC certification) or demonstrate acceptable proficiency on a mock ASL-English Interpreter assessment approved by the ASL&IE coordinator.

7 Students who provide documentation from a receiving institution that supports selection of a different course to satisfy the CST requirement may substitute that course, pending ASL&IE coordinator approval.

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE

ASL 100 Orientation to Acquisition of ASL as an Adult 2 cr.

Presents a brief introduction to the U.S. Deaf Community, focusing on the differences in language and literature. Introduces many common pitfalls experienced by adults when acquiring ASL as a second language. Provides students with experience bridging spoken English and ASL via use of visual-gestural, non-verbal communication. Introduces students to the various ASL and IE curricular options offered at Reynolds.Lecture 2 hours per week.

ASL 101 American Sign Language I 4 cr.

Introduces the fundamentals of American Sign Language (ASL) used by the Deaf Community, including basic vocabulary, syntax, fingerspelling, and grammatical non-manual signals. Focuses on communicative competence. Develops gestural skills as a foundation for ASL enhancement. Introduces cultural knowledge and increases understanding of the Deaf Community.Lecture 3 hours.Laboratory 2 hours.Total 5 hours per week.

ASL 102 American Sign Language II 4 cr.

Introduces the fundamentals of American Sign Language (ASL) used by the Deaf Community, including basic vocabulary, syntax, fingerspelling, and grammatical non-manual signals. Focuses on communicative competence. Develops gestural skills as a foundation for ASL enhancement. Introduces cultural knowledge and increases understanding of the Deaf Community. Part II of II.Prerequisite: ASL 101.Lecture 3 hours.Laboratory 2 hours.Total 5 hours per week.

ASL 115 Fingerspelling and Number Use in ASL 2 cr.

Provides intensive practice in comprehension and production of fingerspelled words and numbers with emphasis on clarity and accuracy. Focuses on lexicalized fingerspelling and numeral incorporation as used by native users of American Sign Language.Prerequisite: ASL 101 or program head placement.Lecture 2 hours per week.

ASL 125 History and Culture of the Deaf Community I 3 cr.

Examines the history of the Deaf Community and presents an overview of various aspects of Deaf Culture, including educational and legal issues.Prerequisite: Placement in ENG 111 or placement in co-requisites ENG 111 and ENF 3.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ASL 195 Topics in ASL: Sign Tuning Lite 1 cr.

Provides an opportunity to diagnose areas of language weakness, including advanced and colloquial aspects of phonology, morphology, grammar/syntax, semantics, variation, and historical change.Prerequisite: ASL 201 or ASL 295 (ASL III).Co-requisites: None.Lecture 1 hour per week.

ASL 208 ASL for Classroom Settings 3 cr.

Provides extensive instruction of vocabulary and concepts used in content areas covered in elementary and high school classrooms. Focuses on comprehension and production of content-related information in American Sign Language with emphasis on sign production clarity and conceptual accuracy.Prerequisite: ASL 102 or program head placement.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ASL 210 ASL Storytelling 3 cr.

Focuses on the elements of storytelling in American Sign Language and the techniques that deaf individuals utilize to pass on the histories and traditions of the deaf community. Emphasizes comprehension and production of short stories in American Sign Language with emphasis on sign production clarity and conceptual accuracy.Prerequisite: ASL 295 -- Topics in ASL: American Sign Language IV or program head placement.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ASL 212 Advanced Fingerspelling and Number Use in ASL 2 cr.

Provides intensive practice in advanced comprehension and production of fingerspelled words and numbers with emphasis on clarity and accuracy. Focuses on lexicalized fingerspelling and numeral incorporation as used by native users of American Sign Language.Prerequisites: ASL 102 and ASL 115 or program head placement.Lecture 2 hours per week.

ASL 220 Comparative Linguistics: ASL and English 3 cr.

Describes spoken English and ASL (American Sign Language) on five levels: phonological, morphological, lexical, syntactic, and discourse. Compares and contrasts the two languages on all five levels using real-world examples. Documents similarities between signed languages and spoken languages in general. Describes the major linguistic components and processes of English and ASL. Introduces basic theories regarding ASL structure. Emphasizes ASL's status as a natural language by comparing and contrasting similarities and unique differences between the two languages.Prerequisites: ASL 295 -- Topics in ASL: American Sign Language III and ENG 111.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ASL 225 Literature of the U.S. Deaf Community 3 cr.

Presents an overview of various aspects of literature common in the U.S. Deaf Community, including those forms written in English and those forms signed in ASL. Applies the recurring themes and metaphors in the context of the history of the U.S. Deaf Community.Prerequisites: ASL 125, ASL 295 -- Topics in ASL: American Sign Language IV, ASL 220, and ENG 111.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ASL 261 American Sign Language V 3 cr.

Develops advanced American Sign Language comprehension and production skills. Emphasizes advanced linguistic aspects of ASL. Presents ASL literary forms. Encourages contact with the deaf community. Part I of II.Prerequisite: ASL 295 --Topics in ASL: American Sign Language IV or program head placement.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ASL 262 American Sign Language VI 3 cr.

Develops advanced American Sign Language comprehension and production skills. Emphasizes advanced linguistic aspects of ASL. Presents ASL literary forms. Encourages contact with the deaf community. Part II of II.Prerequisite: ASL 295 -- Topics in ASL: American Sign Language IV or program head placement.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ASL 295 Topics in ASL: American Sign Language III 3 cr.

Develops vocabulary, conversational competence, and grammatical knowledge with a total immersion approach. Introduces increasingly complex grammatical aspects, including those unique to ASL. Discusses culture and literature. Encourages contact with the Deaf Community to enhance linguistic and cultural knowledge. Part I of II.Prerequisite: ASL 102 or permission of instructor.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ASL 295 Topics in ASL: American Sign Language IV 3 cr.

Develops vocabulary, conversational competence, and grammatical knowledge with a total immersion approach. Introduces increasingly complex grammatical aspects, including those unique to ASL. Discusses culture and literature. Encourages contact with the Deaf Community to enhance linguistic and cultural knowledge. Part II of II.Prerequisite: ASL 295 --Topics in ASL: American Sign Language III.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ASL 295 Topics in American Sign Language: Sign Tuning 3 cr.

Provides an opportunity to explore various language elements in ASL, including advanced and colloquial aspects of phonology, morphology, grammar/syntax, semantics, variation, and historical change.Prerequisite: ASL 295 -- Topics in ASL: American Sign Language III.Co-requisites: ASL 125 and ASL 220.Lecture 3 hours per week.


Name Program Email Phone
Brenda Thornton American Sign Language CSC BThornton@reynolds.edu 804/523-5623

 

Common Job Titles1: Court Interpreter; Deaf Interpreter; Educational Interpreter; Interpreter; Medical Interpreter; Paraprofessional Interpreter; Sign Language Interpreter; Spanish Interpreter; Technical Translator; Translator


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected number of jobs by 2026: 342

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $29,400 - $71,200


Bright Outlook Bright Outlook occupations are expected to have rapid growth over the next 10-years (employment increase of 14% or more over the period of 2016-2026), are expected to have a high demand (projected to have 500 or more job openings in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2016-2026), or are new and emerging occupations in high growth industries.

1 This program may prepare you for one or more of the listed jobs; however, graduates may not be qualified for all of the jobs listed in this section.

Reynolds Community College makes every attempt to provide students with the best, most accuarate information possible. The data was sourced from external agencies (O*NET and JobsEQ) on February 08, 2017.